“I think anyone wanting to get into the events industry, whether charity or corporate, should be aware of the long hours involved. All event planners will tell you that the job involves long hours, but for charity, fundraising, and non-profit events, where there are fewer resources available, this is even more so.
It may appear to be a glamorous job but in reality it’s behind the scenes where all the work really goes on. The only glamorous part is being able to put on a pretty dress and perhaps grab a canapé as a tray goes past. Other than that, it’s non-stop work with little or no time for breaks.
Internal volunteers often used to comment on the fact they had no idea how much work went into an event until they came along to help out on the evening. Very often, we would start at 8 a.m. and not finish until 3 a.m. the following morning—then we’d have to be at the office at 9 a.m.
Also, in the final weeks leading up to an event it feels like you’re on a treadmill that gets faster and faster; you’re in at 8 a.m. and out at 11 p.m., sometimes even later, and then you realize you’ve not even had lunch or dinner. I remember one event when the Chairman of the volunteer committee and I pulled an all-nighter to finish the printed brochure in time for the print deadline. So, anyone expecting a job where they can clock off at 5 p.m. and go home early should not even consider it.”